All babies must be registered at the surgery as soon as possible after birth. Please provide their NHS numbers (found in the baby's red book) and birth certificate. An 8 week check can only be booked once the baby has been registered.
Patients with COPD will require an annual review. Contact the surgery to book an appointment. Please specify when booking that the appointment is for the review so it can be booked with the appropriate clinician.
Click here to download an information pack for patients with COPD.
We have a visiting dietitian who helps with the care of our diabetic and coronary care patients. Patients will need to be referred by the practice nurse or doctor.
We run a monthly clinic for patients of the surgery who are worried about dementia. A dementia advisor is available for anyone with dementia or any family member who is concerned about anyone with dementia. This clinic runs every 2 months on a Monday afternoon and each session will last half an hour.
This service is available at Ongar Surgery once a month and can be booked by calling Abridge Surgery.
Care Navigation Service
Patients over the age of 16 years can now access a care navigation service.
This free service is delivered in partnership by Community Agents Essex, Age UK Essex and the Provide Essex Lifestyle Service.
If you are struggling with a non-clinical issue and it is impacting on your health and wellbeing you can self-refer to the service.
Please see the leaflets available in the waiting room, or click here for more information (PDF, 735KB).
The surgery has a Social Worker who works once a month and is here from 10.00am -1.00pm
The Social Worker will evaluate and determine your needs and will be able to advise on the following, amongst other services: benefits, form-filling and can assist in providing telephone numbers of services, information for the elderly and any social needs.
Please call reception to book an appointment in the usual way.
The surgery offers assistance with stopping smoking or you can be referred to a specialist service.
Please feel free to telephone the surgery on 01992 812961 and make an appointment with her.
As of 1st March, 2017, patients can now self-refer for Physiotherapy by calling 01279 827 404. Your call will be triaged and a Consultant may contact you if appropriate.
Chlamydia Self-Screening Test
If patients wish to have a chlamydia self- screening test they should go onto the Essex Sexual Health Service (ESHS) web site and request a 'test at home'. They can also call 03000 031 212. This service also provides a full sexual health screening service and contraception service.
A small professional counselling service is available for young people aged 11-18 years.
The Box is a small local charity providing services for young people in the Epping area since 2005, including:
- a safe social space after school offering activities and advice
- a professional counselling service for young people
- dedicated clubs for young people needing extra help and support
Referrals can be made by young people, parents, carers and professionals by contacting The Box on 01992 577300. www.theboxepping.org.uk
Some medicals, certificates and insurance forms are not covered by the GP contract and so we charge a private fee for their completion. A comprehensive list of services offered and the fees charged is available at reception, or click here for details. Payment must be made on the day.
First Contact Practitioner
The Practice now has the services of a 'First contact practitioner' once a week on a Wednesday morning (8-12), whose role in primary care is to assess patients with soft tissue, muscle and joint pain and to decide on the most appropriate management pathway. FCPs are practitioners with expertise in the assessment and management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. They can organise investigations, medications and onward services.
The Practice now has the services of a Clinical Pharmacist on a Tuesday afternoon, whose role is to support those with long term conditions like asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure or anyone taking multiple medications to make sure their medication is working.
Social Prescribing Link Worker
We have the services of a Social Prescribing link worker at the practice fortnightly on a Friday. The main aim of her role is to help people to improve their health and wellbeing by connecting them to activities in the community. Link workers connect those feeling lonely, overwhelmed or in need of help to a range of local support, from community and activity groups to work, debt or housing advice.
Health & Wellbeing Coaches and Care Co-Ordinators
Leaflets explaining these roles:
Health & Wellbeing Coaches (PDF, 1.23MB)
Care Co-Ordinators (PDF, 1.01MB)